The Hollywood idol returns to familiar terrain in western News of the World. But there are drawbacks to being a ‘living saint’

You know what you’re getting with Tom Hanks. If his name is at the top of the bill (and it invariably is), you can be pretty sure you are watching an accessible, warming story that speaks to the better person in all of us. Hanks only plays good guys these days: principled heroes who do the right thing and naturally take charge, whether it’s leading troops into battle or toys on a rescue mission, landing an out-of-control plane or repelling Somali pirates (Hanks himself has noted how many of his characters are named “Captain something”). Like his co-stars, we follow him because we trust him. In a 2013 poll, he was voted “most trusted person in America”.

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